FAQ

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At what age can we start using the goFooty app?

The goFooty app is useful for teams that pass well or are developing their passing. Therefore, there might be some U8 teams that will benefit from using the goFooty app but most will be U9 and above.

HOW EASY IS IT TO RECORD A MATCH?

Very easy keeping in mind the answers above. Start with our Scribe tips.

Can the goFooty app be used for arena soccer?

Yes, though experience with the app is beneficial. As balls don’t go out of bounds in arena soccer, the pace of the game is fast and can challenge the beginner Scribe. But for those that have recorded a few matches, arena soccer is easy. Just record the match from the team side so you have a good view of the pitch.

CAN THE GOFOOTY APP BE USED FOR SMALL-SIDED GAMES LIKE 4V4?

Yes, though experience with the app is beneficial. If you can use the goFooty app for the same players on a larger field, then you can use the app for small-sided matches. The fast pace of the matches will challenge beginner Scribes but they should learn quickly.

WHY ISN’T PASSING MEASURED?

Passing was in an early beta of the goFooty app, but we took it out to optimize the value the goFooty app offers. Removing passing from the app significantly reduces the Scribe’s effort, which produces reliable statistics. We are still testing passing and plan to release it in a later version.

Check out our blog post Team passing statistics have a sweet spot.

Why does the goFooty app track the team instead of the players?

Player development is priority one. When players develop, the team develops. You can recruit the best players but many dream teams have come second to teams that focus on player development.

While very innocent at face value, player statistics encourage players to develop in isolation of the team. Player statistics glamorize the forwards and offers very little way to recognize the supporting players—the unintended consequence is that the players feel pressure, which leads to burnout.

Team statistics encourage players to develop as an integration with the team. Players develop a desire to make a contribution, which develops skills in sync to the team’s needs. When a coach aims to develop an individual or team skill, players get it and integrate the skill with the team quickly. After a few years of integrated development, players will be significantly more developed than those who develop in isolation.

Read the goFooty culture page for related information.

 

Where is the save rate?

Yes, save rate is an easy metric to generate, but do keepers benefit from it? We believe it distracts keepers from being instinctive and, therefore, we have excluded it.

Keepers are the last line of defense and the shots on goal is a reflection of the coach and the team, not the keeper. Every save and attempt at a save is worthy of being recognized by the coach, everyone on the team, parents and fans. Keepers are heroes.

Let’s all pay tribute to Nicky Salapu who honorably defended American Samoa’s 31-0 loss against Australia in 2001.

WHY AREN’T SUBSTITUTIONS tracked?

Unequal playing time creates unnecessary distractions, creates unnecessary tension between coaches and parents and ultimately offers negative value. Therefore, substitution tracking needs to be well designed for the benefit of the team.

The only time when unequal playing time is justified is when all of the players on the team sincerely would trade playing time for the win. This will happen with professional teams because the win encourages greater pay and opportunity. It will happen with older amateur teams because the win means deserving players are more likely to be spotted by scouts. What about a younger team in a tournament? Read on.

No coach sacrifices player development just to win a match as the team misses a relevant development opportunity. If everyone gets equal playing time and the team wins, then it is won as a team and great learning comes from this. If everyone gets equal playing time and the team loses, the team still learns something and the coach discovers that he or she is a coach with integrity. When a team wins because of unequal playing time, then the coach trades player development for a feather in his or her cap and player uneasiness—no coach would do this.

We are working on a way to track substitutions to encourage equal-play time.

WHY DO SOME METRIC TRENDS JUMP AROUND MATCH TO MATCH?

We have a couple of points to mention here.

  1. All of the metrics are designed like hydraulics. When one metric goes up, another must go down. This means the metrics show where the team is strongest, is weakest, and all levels in between.
  2. If one opponent has a strong defence and another does not, then your team’s strengths and weaknesses will change from opponent to opponent.
  3. Strengths and weaknesses tend to remain as strengths and weaknesses. The metrics in between will vary in position as they have the potential to become strengths or weaknesses.

Have a look at our goFooty metrics page for more information.

 

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